PokerStars ups the ante for EPT London

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The European poker scene hasn't been the same since the European Poker Tour was created, bringing in high-stakes poker players from around the world. Now the high-rollers will have even more reasons to play when Season 5 kicks off in London in a few months with even more money up for grabs.

The EPT London is scheduled for Oct. 1-5 with a £5,400 buy-in main event. There are plenty of preliminary events on tap as well starting on Sept. 24, but the high-rollers may make the extra effort to come for the £20,300 £1 million Showdown taking place after the main event.

For the first time in EPT history, PokerStars is also guaranteeing a £1 million prize pool for an event. Plus it is also adding £250,000 to the main event to guarantee a £1 million payout for the winner of that event as well.


The £1 million Showdown will take place Oct. 5-6 just as the main event is wrapping up. The schedule of other events is as follows:

  • Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.: £220 No-Limit Hold'em w/rebuys (two-day tournament)
  • Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.: £385 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout (two-day tournament)
  • Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.: £550 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout (two-day tournament)
  • Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.: £1,575 No-Limit Hold'em Double Chance Freezeout (two-day tournament)
  • Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.: £1,060 Omaha Double Chance Freezeout (one-day tournament)

There will also be live super satellites for the main event and the Omaha Double Chance Freezeout scheduled over those days as well.

For your chance to hit the tables in London during the EPT events, visit PokerStars to take in some online qualifiers. Qualifiers started on the poker site for the main event Aug. 4. Cash and FPP qualifiers start for as low as $2.22 or 111 FPPS. There are also Steps Sit-and-Gos for $7.50 or 500 FPPs.

The prize packages are worth $14,600 and include the main event buy-in, hotel accommodations and money to cover expenses.

PokerStars will also hosting satellites for the £1 Million Showdown starting Aug. 18.

For more information, visit PokerStars.

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